Mask and Vaccine Mandates
The Board of Directors places its highest priority on the health and safety of its members, volunteers and staff. The Government of Ontario has lifted proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time and masking requirements in many settings. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination and masking.
The ParkSide Centre Board of Directors has decided that Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for in-person activities and masking requirements will remain for the time being and will be reevaluated as new information becomes available. Requiring masks and proof of vaccination are important because:
- We serve a population that is inherently vulnerable to COVID-19.
- Our members have expressed strong support for masking and vaccination mandates.
- Public Health advises individuals in our membership demographic to receive the vaccine.
Members wishing to participate in programs in-person will be required to show or provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination but the ParkSide Centre will not hold a copy of the document. The decision to receive vaccinations is a personal one, and we shall continue to offer virtual activities to accommodate those who remain unvaccinated.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to remind those 70 years of age and older that they are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19. Those over 70 should discuss their participation in recreational programs with their health care provider to understand their personal risk and act accordingly.